Paralegal/Administrative Assistant

We are currently seeking a highly organized Paralegal/Administrative Assistant who will assist in conducting advocacy and litigation with the Center’s Education Team. The successful applicant will assist attorneys by: communicating with clients; locating witnesses to testify; factual investigation such as obtaining documents, photographs and other evidence; performing legal research; editing/proofing pleadings and other legal documents; organizing, analyzing, summarizing and indexing documents; preparing charts, tables and other demonstrative evidence; investigating and developing cases and projects assigned, and conducting necessary interviews.

Requirements: college degree; paralegal certification or equivalent experience required; high level of proficiency in verbal and written communication; excellent research and analytic skills; self-motivated and dependable; detail-oriented; demonstrated commitment to addressing poverty and/or equal access to justice issues; experience working with low-income people, people of color, and other marginalized groups.

Preferred characteristics: experience with and/or knowledge of New Mexico’s public education system; Spanish proficiency. Salary range for this position: Commensurate with experience. The initial contract would be for six months, with an extension contingent on funding and Center needs.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to veronica@nmpovertylaw.org.

The NM Center on Law and Poverty is an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color, former recipients of public assistance, or people who have grown up in poverty are especially encouraged to apply.

Communication Strategist

We are seeking a Communication Strategist who would be responsible for achieving a powerful and positive representation of the Center and its communications to the public, stakeholders, community partners, and policymakers. He or she would also be responsible for leading the organization to develop and implement communications strategy and comprehensive campaigns, related organizational competencies and external communications that advance the Center’s goals and objectives while also conducting advocacy, education and litigation to address systemic issues in poverty law.

The work at the Center on Law and Poverty is varied, always challenging and highly rewarding. The work week is reasonable and the staff superb. We offer a reasonable non-profit salary and excellent benefits.

Required: indomitable, no-stone-unturned thoroughness and persistence; law degree and two years of experience in law, communications, or advocacy related field; excellent research, writing and legal advocacy skills; understanding of and commitment to racial justice and equity within a New Mexican context; ability to be articulate and forceful in the face of powerful opposition; ability to problem solve creatively and develop innovative advocacy strategies; ability to provide solid communications leadership at both the strategic and tactical levels; ability to transform complex issues into engaging and useful messages appropriate for the targeted audience; detail-orientation.

Preferred: Strong Spanish language skills; familiarity with New Mexico, poverty or civil rights law and advocacy; knowledge and experience in advocacy, lobbying, legislative and government administrative processes; experience in living in and/or working with low-income or other marginalized communities; experience in establishing working relationships with non-profits, businesses, and government; demonstrated commitment to addressing poverty, equal access to justice, and racial equity issues; accomplished communications professional with a highly collaborative style.

Apply in confidence by emailing a cover letter and resume specifying how you meet each of the position requirements to veronica@nmpovertylaw.org. Please put your name in the subject line. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Job description for this position can be found here.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.

Paid Summer Internship

The Seth Montgomery Fellowship is a paid ($5,000 stipend) 10 week internship that allows for one outstanding first or second year law student to work with one or several attorneys on issues related to healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. The position requires the student to work full time (40 hours). Applications for the 2016 Seth Montgomery Fellowship will be accepted starting in the spring of 2016 Have any questions? Please email Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.